What does Blackpool mean to you?
A British phenomenon based on entrepreneurship, optimism, pride, stoicism, unstinting determination and community spirit.
There is arguably no other resort that holds so many fond memories for so many.
It’s part of the fabric of British society and despite the seemingly constant knocks from national media, it has so much to look forward to and revel in.
But none of it would be possible without the people that make up the town.
This is where YOU come in.
From Monday, The Gazette will be launching a new weekly series championing and celebrating the people that make Blackpool the incomparable place it is.
The Gazette is Blackpool’s biggest supporter and will continue to be so, every day we feature your achievements and success stories.
But rest assured, this is not a ‘bury-our-heads-in-the-sand’ portrayal, everyone knows Blackpool has problems. But so does everywhere.
We’re giving Sandgrown’uns and the town’s army of supporters a platform to tell us why you think Blackpool is great, why you fell in love with the place, what challenges you think it faces and why we should stand up and show the ill-informed critics a more realistic picture.
We start on Monday with a true inspiration to all, an outspoken firebrand who is the living, breathing example of the faith, resilience and determination this town was built on.
We want you to get involved - tell us who you think we should feature. Who embodies the spirit of Blackpool? Who is the every day person who can inspire others to focus on celebrating the town rather than castigate?
This is your town, your paper, your voice.
We look forward to hearing from you.